KEN CRO-KEN
                             
         

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K E N   C R O - K E N
E C O S Y S T E M   A R T I S T 


"Brief Moment in Time", mixed media paints on canvas, 48" x 36"                                                                                         2001


MANIPULATING SPACE, TIME AND MATTER AND THE MATTER IS NOT JUST PAINT.

More than mix paints and catalysts, I "launch" a painting to recreate the push-pull forces that shape and mold all things near and far
to create satellite views of the Earth and places scattered throughout the universe.  The concept of self-similarity has led me to
use the paint portal that goes beyond my imagination but not my ability nor efforts to peer into the vastness of the universe. 
These are abstracts waiting to be called realistic, when technology "catches up."




"Blue Shift" was on view at Hayden Planetarium July 7th - 12th, 2013 during the INSAP Viii Symposium,
3ft x 4ft mixed media paints on canvas. 3 in.circular metal with mixed media paints.



Exhibiting my paintings and speaking at the INSAP Viii symposium at Hayden Planetarium, (July 7th to the 12th, 2013),
I had the opportunity to tell how "self-similarity" has led me to perceive distances in light years.
 The "Macro/Micro" aspect of working with this unconventional palette began with gallery exhibitions in
Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand at age 25, back in 1982. 
Little did I know that this theme and the use of my "portal mini paintings",
(2-3 inch diameter), would lead my thoughts to the art I create to this day. 



KC-K at Hayden Planetarium INSAP Viii Symposium,  July 7th - 12th, 2013,  New York, N.Y.





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M U L T I P L E   O N E N E S S
TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCES



Setting paint and music into motion.
Ken Cro-Ken, painter and Matt Sullivan, oboist


"...The most unusual work I encountered was "Multiple Oneness", an intriguing performance art piece
by the oboist Matt Sullivan and the painter Ken Cro-Ken.  While Mr. Sullivan played a melancholy lament
over recorded sounds, Mr. Cro-Ken poured liquids onto a canvas projected onto a video screen. 
The colorful liquids flowed through the painting's raised surfaces like yellow lava,
swirling in strange tandem with the oboe's melancholy tunes."  
VIVIEN SCHWEITZER (Published February 22, 2011) 


Just as a planet surface is a visual record of past events, my paint experiments come to rest and can more accurately be called a "painted."  It's the video that captures images that eluded capture by the canvas  and could more appropriately be called the "painting."  I must predict my illusions in advance of their actual appearance.  Mine is a physical investigation of our planet using paint.  Images eluded capture by the canvas but not the video camera.  Those who have viewed my artwork were missing dynamic forces that create them.  My inner self needs to balanced with my outer self.  If I lose this sense of equilibrium I can actually become an intruder to my paint experiment and scare this "reactive improvisation", much as we do our host planet.  
 


TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCE at C.B.G.B's Gallery, New York, N.Y.   2004

To narrow the gap between what gallery goers see and the events that led to it's creation, I joined forces with the incredible electro/acoustic oboist, Matt Sullivan.  Matt creates oboe phrases that are sewn together, one upon the other.  I react to him and he reacts to my projected live paint experiments in what we like to call, "Reactive Improvizations."  (Based on the idea that we spend more time reacting, than acting.  Past paint experiments in all weather conditions, along with videos of neighboring planets so that the audience sees, hears and feels not only what space looks like but how it moves.



TIME RELEASED PERFORMANCES began with FirstAVEnue, electro-acoustic trio
COMPILATION VIDEO of the early years, 1999 - 2005


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